“He (Wood) is the type of kid that has the mentality to come into tight situations and not let the pressure get to him,” Noble coach Brad Anglin said. “When our starters have struggled, he's maintained that relief role for us.”
Noble caught a tough break in the sixth inning when a leadoff double by Corey Jennings was erased after Deer Creek successfully appealed that Jennings had failed to touch first base.
The Bears weren't fazed, picking up another leadoff hit an inning later to start the seventh with a single from Braden Buol. Two batters later, Wood came through again, driving in Buol with a double and giving Noble the lead for good.
“We had the leadoff double and got called out, but the key was we responded to that well,” Anglin said. “The one thing we definitely do is play with a lot of confidence no matter what.”
Noble will play Carl Albert at 4 p.m. in the semifinals on Friday.